Cats in the Movies - Cat Info Detective

Cats in the Movies

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Greetings feline lovers everywhere! Skye Blake here, hot on the trail of cats in the movies.

Since the movies began over 100 years ago, the camera has favored us fabulous felines!

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No matter what cinematic genre… mystery, horror, drama, comedy, cartoons, even documentaries… we cats have made our mark.

If you’re 6 or 96, you can think of feline movie stars you love. Who’s your favorite?

Movie Cats

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Cats have been in the movies since film was developed!

We can be found sneaking through a scene, running away from a bad guy, or cuddling in the lap of a lovely lady.

We run the gamut from terrifying monsters in horror flicks to fluffy cuties in romances, to funny sidekicks and cartoon wisecrackers in comedies.

Lists of Movies With Cats

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There are lists of cats in movies you can enjoy. They’re always being added to and improved.

Cinema Cats – This is the most complete site I’ve discovered. It lists every movie with a domestic cat in it, whether it’s featured or just moseyin’ through a scene.

The movies are indexed by these categories (then alphabetically by film)…

More Movie Lists

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Other lists are available and some include wild cats as well as domestic pets.

So films like “Born Free”, “Baby”, and “The Jungle Book”, are listed here that aren’t listed at Cinema Cats.

The 10 Best Pet Cats In Movies and TV– A fun list of pet cats, both animation and live-action

Top 13 Black Cats in Horror Movies– An interesting list of all black cats

Best Films Featuring Cats– This page lists 41 movies and includes wild cats (e.g., lions, tigers, leopards, panthers)

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Cats in Movies – This page lists 46 more movies, primarily with domestic cats

List of Fictional Cats in Film – This list names cats in movies alphabetically by the character’s name (e.g., “Crookshanks” in the Harry Potter films)

Other Movies With Cats

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Woman with cat attempts to thread needle – Huntley Film Archives, March 28, 2013

Animated Movies (Cartoons)

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15 Most Memorable Anime Cats – Anime is a Japanese term for animated work, whether moving (tv show) or still (comic book).

Outside of Japan “anime” refers only to animation originating in Japan.

List of Fictional Cats in Animation– Another list of cats, this time in animated form… also alphabetically by character’s name (e.g., “Berlioz” in The Aristocats)

“The Origins of Felix the Cat” – Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, Feline Follies (1919)

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If you have any corrections or want to contribute, send your thoughts here…

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    Sources used on this website are either primary or secondary.

    Primary are always preferable and have the most reliable information because primary sources are original and directly referenced.

    Scientific abstracts and data are good examples of primary sources.

    Secondary sources are weaker because they usually consist of opinions or articles that give no sources of their own.

    However, sometimes they refer to primary sources.

    So, when I use secondary sources most are those with some authority, such as veterinarian or cat behaviorist books and articles.

    List of Sources

    (Links below are for your information only. I make no money from them.)

    Cinema Cats

    The 10 Best Pet Cats In Movies and TV“, CBR

    Top 13 Black Cats in Horror Movies”, Movie Paws

    Best Films Featuring Cats” – IMDb

    Cats in movies” – IMDb

    List of fictional cats in animation” – Wikipedia

    List of fictional cats in film” – Wikipedia

    Woman with cat attempts to thread needle“, 1900’s, film 43913, YouTube, Huntley Film Archives, March 28, 2013

    “The Origins of Felix the Cat” – Feline Follies (1919), Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra

    15 Most Memorable Anime Cats“, CBR